Monday, October 13, 2014
Many thanks to those of you who commented on my last blog, offering me support and encouragement. Next time I think I should post my blog earlier so that I can read your replies and take them with me as added incentive to stick to my resolve instead of reading them only afterwards!
So, how did I do, serving food at the race checkpoint on Saturday?
Hmmm.... er... not as well as I/you would have wished, I'm afraid. But neither was it a disaster.
For the first ten hours(!) I stuck to my plan and during a lull before the runners started arriving, I even took the opportunity to do a brisk 30-minute walk.
If I'd been able to go home at 10pm as I'd hoped, I'd have been OK, but no-one arrived to take over from me so I had to keep working until 1am. I was very tired and ate a few of the mini flapjack and chocolate brownie bites - oh, and a little slice of malt-loaf, taking me over my calorie target for the day.
I was disappointed in myself and yet recognised that I'd also won some small but significant victories, first in identifying the temptation before it happened and taking action to deal with it. Secondly, I stuck to my plan for ten hours, refusing all the 'goodies' on offer. Thirdly, when I did eat things not in my plan, I didn't binge and I still kept away from all the chocolate muffins, pastries and sweets, so I think I should credit myself with at least a small victory there.
Even at 1am, I had to drive a runner who'd pulled out of the race back to the finish, driving along foggy, narrow country lanes. Then I had to help unload a van full of kit bags and yet more food and only then could I drive home just before 2am.
And when I got home to my dark, empty house, feeling very tired, I resisted the temptation to go into the kitchen (my stomach, it seemed was still wide awake even if the rest of me wasn't!), instead going straight to bed. Another small victory.
Still, I must do better next time. (Not that I intend making a habit of working such long shifts serving food!)
Thanks again for your support.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
I'm going to be spending 12-15 hours today preparing and serving food at a checkpoint for a long-distance challenge run today. I had entered the race and really wanted to do it but injury problems have prevented me so I offered to help out instead.
However, I realised that the food that we're going to be serving, whilst fine for runners burning thousands of calories, won't be good for me sitting and standing around all day. So I've packed my own lunch and dinner, with healthy low calorie vegetables, boiled eggs, tinned sardines and fruit.
But before you congratulate me, please would you pray with me that I don't succumb to the temptation to eat the checkpoint goodies AS WELL AS my healthy stuff?!! I think it's going to be a big challenge.
That's why I thought I'd blog about it - then you can hold me accountable and I'll have to report how I got on!
Thanks for reading.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
I was excited at the prospect of the 5% Fall Challenge - here was an opportunity to get out of a bit of a rut and finally lose some of my excess fat.
So, I planned my menus, decided on my exercise regime, measured and tracked, drank my water, got at least 7 hours' sleep a night, stuck to my calorie range and did all my work-outs. I've increased my veggie and lean protein intake and reduced my carbohydrate consumption - not by huge amounts but still a definite change whilst remaining within my Spark Ranges.
Today was weigh-in day, which would give at least some indication of how my efforts were bringing results.
Some result, though - I've GAINED about a pound! So much for all my efforts. So much for competing in The Last A Standing for sustained weight loss during the eight-week challenge.
I know I'm more than a number on the scale but even so... it's so discouraging.
I feel I've let my team (the Awesome A Team) down by gaining weight and yet I really HAVE tried. Indeed, apart from the number on the scale, one could say I've succeeded. It just doesn't show up in a measurable way.
What now? (suggestions welcome).
Friday, August 08, 2014
I'm going on holiday to Scotland tomorrow and won't have internet access for the week. Last time this happened I felt really bad about failing to Spark - I mean REALLY bad! This made me realise that I'd become obsessive about Sparking such that it was not entirely helpful.
So, after a few months of 'cold turkey' (perhaps that should be 'cold carrot' - I'm a vegetarian!), I dared to dip my toe back into SparkLand again and seem to be managing to keep it a little less life-consuming this time.
So a week off Sparking will be OK (I keep telling myself!).
Also, I'm not going to have much choice in what I eat since my friends are in charge of the shopping and menu-planning (we're staying in a fairly remote place so have to take all our food with us and I'm going by train so can't carry much if any food with me). Again, this scares me a little.
However, I'll just try to make the best of it and, if nothing else, control my portion sizes.
I think I've finally begun to make progress on the diet/weight-loss front: I've been having scrambled eggs for breakfast and then porridge (my usual breakfast) for lunch, thereby cutting out bread and cheese that I'd normally have at lunchtime. I've also been cooking double the quantity of vegetables each evening and taking the extra portion with me to have at lunchtime.
All this is about to go out of the window for the next week of course, but I can get straight back to it when I'm home and just hope I won't ruin my efforts too much this next week.
Right - must go and finish packing before bed!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
... I've taken a major step back in terms of Spark stuff.
I don't know if you had noticed, but I have been largely absent from SparkLand since just before Easter.
It's not something I'm particularly happy about - I miss my Spark Friends and feel that I'm letting you down by not reading and commenting on your blogs, failing to send you Spark Goodies or encouraging messages, no longer contributing to Team Points and so on.
The thing is, I just got too obsessive about Sparking so that instead of it being a useful tool to help me make changes towards a healthier and happier lifestyle it became a heavy burden. I HAD to get as many points each day as I could, ticking off (= "checking" for my US friends!) the boxes on my Spark Points list even when I was very late for bed and desperately tired.
I was also obsessive about recording all the food I ate and the exercise I did - not in itself a bad thing, indeed we know it can be a very useful, positive thing to do, but ... well, eventually I realised that it was making matters worse rather than better.
So I've taken some time off. I hated the thought of not logging on to Spark and it was only through going to a remote part of Scotland where I had no access to a computer or the Internet for a week that enabled me to do it.
I've taken a tentative step back into SparkLand because I want to track my food intake for a few days to see if I'm getting the levels about right.
I really miss the support and friendship I've found here but don't feel I can afford the time that 'doing Spark properly' takes.
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